Are Golden Globes Speeches Always Better than the Oscars?

With the Golden Globes just six days away, I've had a revelation: I can't wait. It's easy to argue that the HFPA's multiplatform award cavalcade spoils the fun of the Oscars, but it can't be denied that Golden Globe winners have long given fantastic speeches. Maybe it's the genuine shock of winning? Or all the on-screen champagne? Ah, right. That.

Here are a few winners whose Golden Globe speeches far outclass their Oscar monologues.

1. Kate Winslet

In 2009, Kate Winslet won two Globes -- one for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for The Reader (nice marketing, everyone) and another for Best Actress in a Drama for Revolutionary Road. While her Oscar speech (for Best Actress in The Reader) was filled with faux-shock and a cliched yarn about practicing her speech in the bathroom mirror, her Golden Globe speech gave us genuine exasperation and befuddlement. What's more endearing than forgetting Angelina Jolie?

2. Jamie Foxx

First of all, Diane Keaton's presenter speech is first-class craycray. Secondly, chronic 2005 award-winner Jamie Foxx began his Golden Globe speech for Ray with a call-and-response singalong. Then he thanked Taylor Hackford, "a Caucasian man, for taking a chance on this beautiful black film," and gave a loving toast to his cast and grandmother. His Oscar speech is, sadly, much more austere.

3. Meryl Streep

Meryl never won the Oscar for either Adaptation or The Devil Wears Prada, but her Golden Globe speeches for both films decimate her Oscar dais moments for Kramer Vs. Kramer and Sophie's Choice. In her longish but hilarious The Devil Wears Prada speech at the Globes, she urged moviegoers to ask their cineplex proprietors for more variety -- and she also joshed the hell out of Stanley Tucci. Perfection.


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